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Suturing made easier.

Simplify skin closure by eliminating suture knot tying.

What is Quill® barbed suture?

It’s a proven wound closure device that eliminates the need to tie knots during soft tissue approximation.

Quill uses a running stitch to hold wound edges together with the strength of an interrupted suture.

The barbs lock the suture in place, maintaining tension the length of the wound without assistance.

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Retractable barbs allow the suture to pass smoothly through tissue in one direction — and then anchor into the tissue for secure fixation.

Why Quill?

  • Produces better apposition.
  • Improves cosmesis.
  • Eliminates knots for a faster close.
  • Requires less foreign material, no knots under the skin.
  • Avoids irritating staples.
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Kind words from our customers

Costs are rising. Today’s veterinarians are looking for answers and value. Barbed suture technology helps you provide the very best care to your patients.

Try Quill risk free.

Experience Quill for yourself by requesting a FREE Demo Kit.

The kit includes three non-sterile Quill samples, a practice pad and full Animal Health catalog.


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Your dedicated suture specialist will help you find the right size and needle for your procedural use.

Follow along with our on-line video tutorial.

Use Quill Barbed Suture in 3 easy steps.

Step 1


Anchor the suture

With the Quill needle, take initial bite of tissue on either side of the apex of the wound. Then pass the needle through the variable loop. Cinch down to engage the barbs at the fixation point.

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Run the stitch

Continue to approximate the tissue in a running fashion until you reach the end of the wound.
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Lock the stitch

Secure the end using a backstitch or two. Exit laterally and cut flush with the skin once you finish approximation.

On-demand webinar

“Barbed Suture Tips & Tricks.”

Video resources

Quill Vet Uni-Directional Suturing Technique

TPLO Plate Removal Closure with Bi-Directional Quill Vet Sutures
Canine Midline Closure after Mass Cell Tumor Removal with Quill Vet Sutures

Commonly asked questions

With automated technology, Quill manufacturing starts with a traditional suture strand. Barbs are precisely carved in a helical pattern around the strand. For every inch of material, the spiral wraps around the suture five times giving 360 degrees of engagement every 1/4 inch of the suture. This ensures fixation at every point and every plane throughout a wound closure.

Quill Veterinary sutures come in three materials commonly used in Veterinary medicine. PDO, for 6 weeks wound support; Monoderm for 3 weeks wound support, and Polypropylene for permanent placement in tissue. The strength and absorption times are predictable and stable.

At the end of the incision line, take a few bites of tissue in the reverse direction to lock the barbs in place.  Then, exit the wound perpendicular to the incision line and cut flush. See step-by-step-instruction guide.

Switching to Quill Vet is easy with our free trial kit and personalized service. We will guide you in finding the right size and needles to fit your practice. Simply contact us, we will assist you in sizing and needle configurations. Or visit our online store.

Download our animal health catalog.

Shop our full portfolio of barbed and traditional sutures.


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Quill Vet Kit Includes:

  • Non-sterile Quill samples (3)
  • Practice Pad
  • Quill Vet Catalog
  • Link to video tutorial

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